Only seven of those 33 South Korean tourists aboard the tour ship survived the crash, while two Hungarian crew members died.
The bodies of 27 victims were afterward discovered during weeks of hunting. 1 person remains lost.
Chaplinsky additionally faces 35 additional fees, such as failure to help an individual in danger. He refused responsibility for the crash.
CCTV footage on 29 May 2019 reveals the 135-meter-long cruise ship colliding with a bigger 26-meter boat ship close to the Margit Bridge in the middle of Budapest.
The Mermaid tour ship is thought to have sunk in under 60 minutes.
Prosecutors say the captain of this Viking Sigyn was diverted for a minimum of five minutes before the crash.
He’s accused of negligently ignoring how dangerously near both boats were failing to slow down and change course in time.
The boat was raised from the Danube with a massive floating crane on June 11, with the support of sailors in South Korea.
A few of the victims’ bodies have been discovered weeks following the crash over a hundred kilometers off out of Budapest.
This crash has become easily the most serious delivery mishap to happen in Hungary lately.
The households of those Korean victims aren’t attending the trial due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In another case, prosecutors are also exploring the captain of a sister cruise ship, which arrived at the scene soon after the wreck.
The captain, who hasn’t yet been recognized, is suspected of failing to stop and supply help to anybody from the water who might have needed rescue.